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Jan 22, 2018
by Vivant Skin Care
In the wake of the bomb cyclone, soothing, comforting, healing ingredients continue to be our minds. Allantoin is one of those, and it’s one we’ve never specifically profiled, which is all wrong because allantoin is an ingredient that anyone with skin and a desire to keep it soft, supple, and smooth, should know.
What is allantoin? It’s a chemical compound found in plants, in the urine or amniotic fluid of many mammals, and in the secretions of certain invertebrate animals. Before you run screaming, know that the allantoin used in cosmetics and skin care is isolated from the medicinal comfrey plant as a botanical extract, or, for purity and consistency, is more often synthetically produced in a lab.
The comfrey extract has been used for centuries to heal wounds and soothe irritated skin. Here are the reasons why.
It’s an excellent moisturizer. Allantoin is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture into skin and holds it there. Skin stays hydrated and supple, and the skin barrier is protected from irritation, which is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant complexion.
It’s a cell regenerator. Allantoin encourages dead skin cells to slough off, while also stimulating the proliferation of fibroblasts and the synthesis of collagen for improved skin structure and texture.
It’s good for reducing acne scars. The keratolytic nature of allantoin means it’s a good choice for softening, loosening, and removing stubborn layers of thickened skin including acne scars, callouses, and warts.
Wound healer and anti-psoriatic. Allantoin removes dead skin cells, promotes healthy tissue regeneration, reduces inflammation, and is anti-fungal and anti-microbial. It’s been shown to be particularly effective in treating psoriasis.
It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory. Allantoin’s exceptional wound healing properties are mainly due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to stimulate new tissue growth.
To summarize, allantoin is the ultra-nourishing, non-irritating, deeply hydrating, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, collagen-boosting, keratolytic hero of skin care that you never knew existed. And it’s the key ingredient in our Allantoin Sedating and Hydrating Lotion, which is your new winter essential.
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